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Chestnuts in Seattle -- Where to go for a good value?

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daynared Nov 16, 2006 08:59 PM

I've purchased them at the Ballard Market ($5.99/lb), and I know they are all around this time of year, but where should one go in Seattle to find a good value on chestnuts? I'm wanting to roast some this winter. Your thoughts will be appreciated!

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    garifw RE: daynared Nov 16, 2006 09:04 PM

    Daynared -
    Try in front of Uwajimaya. They're already roasted, but they might sell unroasted. I shop at a fruit and vegetable market in the ID - across the street from Kowloon restaurant on Jackson, where they might have them. There are a few really great markets in the ID and I'm sure you could find them there. GL.

    1. barleywino RE: daynared Nov 16, 2006 09:25 PM

      As a variation, glazed chestnuts (marron glace) are available at some of the better chocolate shops around Seattle

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        mrnelso RE: daynared Nov 17, 2006 12:20 AM

        Check out PFI, they sometimes have them this time of year.

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          terrier RE: mrnelso Nov 21, 2006 05:29 PM

          I can confirm, PFI has them for $4.99/lb, or did as of Saturday.

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            mrnelso RE: terrier Nov 28, 2009 06:30 PM

            Ancient thread, new question.
            Is there local availability of a Chestnut called Marroni?
            (BTW $5.95 seems about the going rate in 2009)

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          Lauren RE: daynared Nov 17, 2006 04:14 PM

          They also roast them outside Central Market. You might see if they sell them unroasted.

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            mrnelso RE: daynared Nov 18, 2006 03:20 AM

            Tader Joe on Queen Anne (and likely everywhere) had them this evening for about 5 or 6 dollars for a one pound bag.

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              daynared RE: daynared Nov 20, 2006 07:37 PM

              Thanks for all of the tips so far. I will try to remember to report back about the best deal I can find. Until then: Cheers!

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                mr.nelso RE: daynared Nov 29, 2006 11:34 PM

                PFI price today $4.50

              2. dave_c RE: daynared Nov 30, 2006 07:08 PM

                I'll have to check to be sure and will update, but if you're near a Ranch 99 you can see if they have fresh chestnuts. I've found they have "gourmet" items at lower cost than the fancy supermarkets.

                For example, Fresh shiitakes at Ranch 99 are around $6/lb while other places carry shiitakes for $12/lb.

                1. dave_c RE: daynared Dec 3, 2006 04:01 PM

                  Last night was at Ranch 99 in Edmonds...

                  Chestnuts $2.49/lb
                  Shiitakes $2.99/lb

                  1. MsMaryMc RE: daynared Nov 29, 2009 02:20 PM

                    I haven't had good luck with the ones I've bought locally (grocery stores, Pike Place Market, etc.)--too many moldy ones and wicked hard to peel. For the past couple of years I've been mail-ordering them from Girolami Farms http://www.chestnutsforsale.com/ in California. Theirs are fresher (no rotten ones), they taste great, and they're a little easier to peel. You can order them for delivery when you want them (I have 3 lbs. of the 3 lbs. colossal-sized ones coming the week before Christmas).

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                      FadedFedor RE: daynared Dec 1, 2009 04:05 PM

                      They have Oregon Chestnuts at H-Mart in Federal Way for either $1.99 or $2.99/lb. I'm pretty sure it was $1.99. They also have a cart right outside the exit selling roasted chestnuts and they have a cart outside on the weekends selling awesome brown sugar and cinnamon filled pancakes for $1. I LOVE H-Mart so much!

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                        rojo206 RE: daynared Jan 29, 2010 09:28 PM

                        H-Mart has Oregon Chestnuts for $1.99/lb and $2.99/lb for large chestnuts. The Oregon variety taste better IMO, but are smaller and require more effort to remove shells. They are located in Fed Way and Lynnwood. Pal-Do World (another Korean grocery store) also carries chestnuts for about the same price. They are located in Fed Way, Bellevue and Lynnwood.

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